BLUEBERRY HILLS SMOOTHIE- Vegan & Gluten-Free

I don’t think that I’ve posted a recipe for a good two years now…and then I made THE BEST smoothie I have literally ever had and I just had to share it! I know, I know “THE BEST” is quite the statement, but honestly I took a sip of this smoothie and gasped in shock over its deliciousness. I haven’t fed it to the hubby yet, but not because he won’t like it…because I love it too much to share and I only have 1/2 a banana left (aka. only 1 smoothies worth). The picture doesn’t do it justice, obviously. But what’s a girl to do when you discover absolute deliciousness 5 minutes before you’ve got to run off to work?

blueberry hill smoothie; siftstirandsavour.com

Blueberry Hills Smoothie

Sweet blueberries mixed with fragrant cinnamon, creamy almond butter and hormone helping maca root powder. This smoothie will keep you smiling for hours!

Adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana

2 tbsp rolled oats (GF as needed)

1 tbsp smooth almond butter

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp maca root powder

1 tbsp vegan vanilla protein powder*

1 cup of unsweetened cashew milk (of less, if you like a thicker smoothie)

*if you don’t have, or don’t want to use, protein powder- feel free to substitute with 1 tbsp of hemp seeds and a splash of vanilla extract

Instructions

1.) Throw it all in the blender

2.) Blend away and be happy

 

xoxo Erin

 

Crazy for Carrots…in Cake!

One thing that I enjoy about this time of year is all of the carrot cake. It’s one of my favourites and I think that it is completely appropriate to eat for breakfast….lunch….or dinner. I mean come on, it’s a cake based on a veggie 🙂 Anyway, I’ve spent far too much time drooling over carrot cake treats on Pinterest tonight so I thought that I would share all of the deliciousness that I have stumbled across:

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot cake smoothiephoto credit: Vega

Carrot Cake Raw Buckwheat Porridge

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Quinoa

carrot cake quinoa

photo credit: Kiss My Broccoli

Carrot Cake Muffins– shameless plug alert 🙂

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies (use egg replacer to make vegan)

carrot cake oatmeal cookie

photo credit: Amy’s Healthy Baking

Carrot Cake Bars

carrot cake bars

photo credit: Our Four Forks

Vegan Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Popsicles

Dairy-Free Carrot Cake Ice Cream

dairy free carrot cake ice cream

And of course, since it is Easter weekend…

Easter Pups-label

xoxo Erin

 

SPICED PECAN COOKIES- (Gluten-Free, Vegan & Refined Sugar-Free)

I don’t think that there’s a better treat on a warm winters night than freshly baked cookies.

Spiced Pecan Cookies

Especially when they’re as delicious as these cookies are!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Spiced Pecan Cookies

Soft and fragrant cookies filled with crunchy pecans and pumpkin pie spices. No butter, no eggs, no gluten and no dairy make these cookies a treat for almost everyone!

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar should work)
  • 1 1/2 tsp egg replacer mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract (it’s vegan- go figure!)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (I used Bob Red Mill)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the coconut oil until it softens. Add the coconut sugar and continue to beat until the sugar crystals dissolve into the oil.
  3. Mix the egg replacer powder with the 2 tbsp of water and add to the oil/sugar mixer. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the extracts and non-dairy milk and beat until combined.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the pecans, and beat until a dough is formed.
  6. Fold in the pecans.
  7. Drop cookies onto lined baking sheet. Flatten cookies to desired thickness.
  8. Chill cookies on baking sheet for 20 minutes.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for another 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

xoxo Erin

BANANA PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP OATIES- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

I cannot believe how long it has been since I’ve posted a recipe here. I wish I could say that I will start posting recipes frequently again, but my recipe notebook is packed in a box somewhere and I don’t know when I’ll be unpacking. My fiance and I are currently staying at his parents house while we finish up renovations in our new house. So not only do I not have my recipe notebook, I also don’t have my own kitchen to experiment and make a mess in. One day in the near future I will though and it will be glorious!

In the meantime, I’m sharing a recipe today that I have memorized because I’ve made it THAT many times. And yes, it is a cookie recipe. What other recipe would I make that often?

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oaties

I love these cookies because they’re naturally sweetened with banana and they’re packed with protein thanks to our friend Mr. Peanut Butter. These cookies are healthy enough to enjoy frequently but they don’t taste like it. The richness of the peanut butter mixed with the decadent chocolate makes these beauties a real treat!

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oaties

Decadent cookies that are naturally sweetened and healthy enough to enjoy everyday!

Serves 12-15

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • arrowroot starch for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl mix together rolled oats and ground flax seeds and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl cream together the mashed banana, non-dairy milk and peanut butter.
  4. Add the oat mixture to the medium bowl and mix until combined.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and then portion the dough onto the lined baking sheet.
  6. Use a fork dipped in arrowroot starch (to prevent sticking) to flatten the cookies to your desired thickness, remembering that they will NOT spread while they bake.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on baking sheet for another 5 minutes before enjoying!

xoxo Erin

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DONUTS- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free & Oil-Free

I’ve seen lots of red desserts floating around the internet lately. Some coloured with food colouring, some with raspberries or cherries and some with beet juice. Even though all of these valentines treats look amazing, I’ve had an aversion to foods that are unnaturally red for a long time. When I was younger I would break out in hives whenever I’d eat a little too much of something with red food colouring. I expect that I would still break out in hives but I’ve been avoiding red food colouring since I realized what was causing the hives.

Donuts

But this valentines treat won’t be causing any hives. These peanut butter and chocolate goodies are decadent enough to make for your sweetheart on valentines day and healthy enough to make again and again for no reason other than they taste like a little piece of heaven. Sweet peanut butter and chocolate heaven, mmmm! Oh, and if you’re looking for more delicious non-traditional valentines recipes, check out The Healthy Maven. Davida has been baking up some ridiculously amazing treats…lemon swiss roll with coconut cream frosting, banana fosters cinnamon rolls and double chocolate cherry cookies kind of amazing! Excuse me while I drool a little…and by a little I mean a lot 🙂

Donuts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Soft and decadent chocolate peanut buttery donuts smothered in sweet and creamy peanut butter glaze. 

Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

Donut- 

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Glaze-

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and set aside a donut baking pan.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to the non-dairy milk and let stand for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Mix the ground flaxseeds with the water and also let stand for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together brown rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, coconut sugar and baking powder.
  5. Add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, non-dairy milk mixture and flaxseed mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over the dry mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Use an icing piping bag to fill the donut pan with batter.
  7. Cook for 9-11 minutes and let cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing the donuts to a cooling rack.
  8. While the donuts are baking and cooling, add the coconut sugar and tapioca starch to a blender and blend until the sugar is powdered.
  9. Combine the powdered sugar with the rest of the glaze ingredients and mix until combined. Spread the glaze over the cooled donuts and enjoy!

xoxo Erin

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UPDATE: This recipe has been shared at Vegan Mondays Roundup, Gluten-Free Fridays, Potluck Party and Healthy Vegan Fridays.

TROPICAL DESSERT SMOOTHIE- Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

I created this recipe for my mom. My mom loves the summer. She loves the weather, the sunlight and of course, the flavours. Since this winter has been especially cold and since my mom has recently obtained a high-power blender, I thought I’d create a recipe for her. I thought of no better recipe than a smoothie that is delicious enough to call a dessert but healthy enough to enjoy at any time of the day. This super healthy smoothy is completely mouthwatering and will take your taste buds to tropical heaven.

Making Smoothie

Okay, so it doesn’t look that pretty when it’s just a pile of stuff in a blender, but once that “on” button is pressed and all the ingredients are pulverized, tropical heaven is achieved. Just trust me.

Tropical Dessert Smoothie

See, I told you! Look at those beautiful green glowing smoothies. I love the look of green smoothies but I can appreciate that lots of people think they look like alien goo. Although I’ve listed this as a dessert smoothie, I still like throwing spinach in there for extra nutrition. You cannot taste the spinach at all. The fruit and coconut milk are so strong in flavour that the spinach is covered up immediately. If I was making this as a meal instead of as a sweet treat I’d probably throw at least 2 cups of kale in there as well. This will make the smoothies much brighter green though and that may be off putting for some. Feel free to leave out the spinach if you’re making it for picky eaters…but I promise if you blind-fold them and serve them the green version they would never know!

Tropical Dessert Smoothie

A creamy smoothie that’s filled with bright tropical flavours and is sweet enough to be a dessert. 

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water (use 1 1/2 cups if you like a thinner drink)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp macadamia nut butter
  • 2 cups spinach

Instructions: 

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender, making sure to add the liquids first. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and let your taste buds escape to the tropics!

Dessert Smoothie

xoxo Erin

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UPDATE: This recipe has been shared at Healthy Vegan FridaysRaw Food Thursdays and Weekend Wholefood Blender Party.

Top 10 Recipes & Goodbye 2013

Apparently it’s almost 2014. I don’t know how that happened. I swear it was JUST October! I guess time does fly when you’re having fun 🙂 When I sat down to write this post I started by making a list of things that have happened in 2013. It was after making the list that I realized why time has been flying; basically all of the things I wrote down have happened during the last half of the year. Now, this may very well speak to my memory or it may speak to my early year hibernation…but let’s be honest, it’s probably a combination of both.

So what was on the list I wrote? Here we go, things that happened in 2013:

  • I started to learn how to cook and bake without oil
  • I went on a road trip to North Carolina with my best friend
  • I visited Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland AND Estonia with my partner (first time to Europe!!!)
  • My partner and I got a puppy
  • I started a new and more challenging position at work (and I’m loving it)

And last but not least…

  • On December 13, 2013 my partner of 4.5 years asked me to marry him…AND I said yes…AHHH!!!

Basically 2013 has been a wonderful year and although I do not expect 2014 to be as exciting, I feel confident that it will be filled with what is important: the 3 F’s…family, friends and food 🙂 Speaking of food, here are your favourite Sift, Stir and Savour recipes from 2013:

Instant Triple Chocolate Brownie

Bite of Instant Triple Chocolate Brownie

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownie

brownie cut copy

Banoffee (Banana Toffee) Pie

Banoffee Pie

Instant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Instant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Peanut-Free Tagalong Cookie

Tagalong Cookies

Homemade Potato Chips

Homemade Potato Chips

Grain-Free Cinnamon Raisin “Oatmeal”

Grain-Free Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Not bad choices, if you ask me! Many of those recipes are also my favourites, but a few of my favourites were missing:

Erin's 2013 Favourites

Black Forest Grain-Free Porridge

Hazelnut Pear Custard Bars

Veggie Pad Sew Noodles

Apple Pecan Smoothie

Happy New Year everyone!

xoxo Erin

APPLE CRISP- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

I don’t know about you, but the days following a big holiday dinner by body craves lots of salad and fruit. Sometimes my fruit craving is a bit more complicated than just biting into a fresh apple though. Sometimes I want that fresh apple to be slightly cooked, covered in spices and sprinkled in granola…aka apple crisp…aka dessert…aka what I ate too much of during the holidays.

Apple Crisp

Luckily, this apple crisp is healthy enough to enjoy anytime. Fresh apples, oats, cinnamon, almond butter, maple syrup, almond milk and coconut sugar, oh my! Heck you could even enjoy this for breakfast 🙂

Apple Crisp

Healthy Apple Crisp

Soft apples, fragrant cinnamon and a cookie-like oat topping make this a dessert worthy of any occasion!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and set aside a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Add apples to the baking dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and toss until all the apple chunks are coated.
  3. In a small bowl cream together almond butter, non-dairy milk and maple syrup. Add the oats, oat flour and coconut sugar and mix until combined.
  4. Drop the oat mixture on top of the apples and gently press it down.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the apples have released some juice and that juice is bubbling. The oat topping should also be slightly browned and crispy to the touch.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes, or serve immediately. Top with a dollop of non-dairy ice cream or yogurt and enjoy!

Apple Crisp

In other news, I was recently made aware of THIS great article that has a bunch of homemade treats for dogs. I haven’t tried any since Wayne is allergic to turkey, beef and dairy but the Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins with Sweet Potato Icing looks interesting. Maybe when he’s a bit older I’ll give it a try. Do you have a dog? Do you make homemade treats? Leave a comment about your pups favourite homemade treat!

xoxo Erin

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NUTTY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free & Oil-Free

If you celebrate Christmas and if Santa is visiting your house tonight than I hope you’ve make some cookies for him! When I was a kid we always left cookies out for Santa and carrots out for the reindeer. This recipe is my new favourite cookie recipe and definitely worthy of leaving out for Santa (so long as he doesn’t have any nut allergies!).

Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Macadamia butter is the secret to the decadent texture of these cookies. It’s oilier in texture than other nut butters so it creates a more traditional texture to the cookies. The macadamia butter is mixed with some almond butter and then some chunks of pecans are thrown into the mix to create an extra special chocolate chip cookie that is perfect for those who go nuts for nuts!

Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies that are spotted with sweet pecans and made with nut butters to create a cookie with the perfect texture. 

Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tbsp macadamia butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together sorghum flour, tapioca starch, baking soda and xanthan gum.
  3. In a second bowl cream together nut butters, non-dairy milk, extracts and coconut sugar until smooth texture is accomplished.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecan pieces.
  5. Portion the cookie dough on the lined cookie sheet, pat down to desired thickness and bake for 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
  6. Enjoy 🙂

xoxo Erin

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKIE ROUND-UP!

Last year I was obsessed with eggnog. This year I’m obsessed with cookies.

Healthy Cookies

So when I was asked to be a part of a healthy christmas cookie round-up that Sandra from Candida Diet Plan was organizing, I was pretty excited! Sandra was able to organize 18 different bloggers, which means there are 18 scrumptious cookies to drool over. And these aren’t just any cookies, these are healthy cookies- virtually all of the recipes are gluten-free and loads of them are also grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free and vegan. So, what are you waiting for? Here are the links to all of the cookies:

Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies (Candida Free Candee)

Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies (Tessa the Domestic Diva)

Macadamia Coconut Cookies (Candida Diet Plan)

Macadamia-Coconut-Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies (Gluten-Free Cat)

Jungle Balls (Carrie on Vegan)

Raw Gingerbread Men (Om Nom Ally)

Raw-Gingerbread-Men-Om-Nom-Ally

Chocolate Orange Gogi Cookies (Coconut and Berries)

Spiced Orange Cookies (Sift, Stir and Savour…aka ME!!!)

Spiced Orange Cookies

Gingerbread Men (Including Cake)

Quinoa Raisin Cookies (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free)

Quinoa-Raisin-Cookies-2

Gingerbread Cookies (Sandi’s Allergy-Free Recipes)

Flourless Triple Nut Seed Brownies (Gluten-Free Easily)

Hazelnut and Cherry Carob Cookies (Bite-Sized Thoughts)

Hazelnut Cherry Carob Cookies

Double Chocolate Paleo Hazelnut Coconut Cookies (The Tasty Alternative)

Healthy Peppermint Oreo Cookies (The Healthy Maven)

Peppermint Oreo Cookies

Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies (Queen of Quinoa)

ANZAC Biscuits with Cranberries and Chocolate (Green Gourmet Giraffe)

Chocolate Mint Tea Cookies (Spiced Curiosity)

Chocolate Mint Tea Cookies

Sandra also put together some tips about how to use Stevia and Xylitol instead of sugar in baking. Check it out here!

Now, if you excuse me, I have a LOT of cookie recipes to try out 🙂

xoxo Erin

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